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The North Queensland Cowboys are an Australian rugby league football club reigning from Townsville, Queensland. They compete in Australasia's elite rugby league competition, the NRL (National Rugby League) premiership. The Cowboys were admitted to the premiership for the 1995 ARL season and played in the Super League competition in 1997 before continuing to compete in the current National Rugby League competition since 1998.

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Cowboy's a Jake of all trades - Townsville Bulletin

HE doesn’t start pre-season training until Monday, but Cowboys hooker Jake Granville is still putting in the hard yards in the closing stages of a carpentry apprenticeship he hopes will help set him up for life after football.

While it’s assumed most NRL stars have downed tools over the off-season, the 28-year-old has put the time to good use by finishing what he started as a young up-and-comer at Wynnum Manly.

The hooker has five training modules to complete before he finishes his apprenticeship with Martin Locke Homes and said it has been a welcome outlet from the day-to-day grind of elite football.

“Before I started playing at the Broncos (before joining North Queensland) I was at Wynnum and did that as my job,” Granville said.

“I did my apprenticeship for about three years and it got put on the backburner but I spoke to Lockie (Locke) one day that I was pretty keen to get it...


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Cowboy's a Jake of all trades - Townsville Bulletin

HE doesn’t start pre-season training until Monday, but Cowboys hooker Jake Granville is still putting in the hard yards in the closing stages of a carpentry apprenticeship he hopes will help set him up for life after football.

While it’s assumed most NRL stars have downed tools over the off-season, the 28-year-old has put the time to good use by finishing what he started as a young up-and-comer at Wynnum Manly.

The hooker has five training modules to complete before he finishes his apprenticeship with Martin Locke Homes and said it has been a welcome outlet from the day-to-day grind of elite football.

“Before I started playing at the Broncos (before joining North Queensland) I was at Wynnum and did that as my job,” Granville said.

“I did my apprenticeship for about three years and it got put on the backburner but I spoke to Lockie (Locke) one day that I was pretty keen to get it...


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North Queensland Cowboys 2017 season review - The Roar

The Cowboys came into 2017 as one of the premiership favourites with a squad full of experience and quality across the paddock.

When they lost Matt Scott for the season inside the first month, then fellow co-captain Johnathan Thurston for the season during Origin, many would have forgiven the Cowboys for missing the finals.

Click here to read the rest of Eddie’s season reviews.

However, they became the fairy tale story of 2017 in many respects, forging a stunning path to the grand final from eighth spot. While they were blown out in the decider by a rampant Melbourne Storm, they gained plenty of admirers.

Season finish
Lost grand final 34-6 v Storm (Regular Season eighth, 13 Wins, 11 Losses, 467 Points For, 443 Points Against)

Season Ranking 9/10
I don’t think I have ever seen a team overcome as much adversity as the Cowboys did this season to make a grand final.

It was amazing enough...


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Taumalolo's multi-million dollar Cowboys deal is a steal - Johns - Sporting News

Matthew Johns argues the Cowboys got Jason Taumalolo at a bargain price for $1 million a season, saying his impact is worth double.

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Taumalolo put pen to paper on one of the richest NRL deals in history, staying loyal to the Cowboys on a $10 million ten-year contract that should see out his career.

Ranked as the best forward in the game, the 24-year-old was in hot demand as the Warriors attempted to lure him back home, but North Queensland's monster deal was too good to refuse.

While it seems like a lot of money, seven-figure salaries have become a commonality in 2017 with Jack Bird, Anthony Milford, Shaun Johnson, Cooper Cronk and Ashley Taylor all joining the million dollar club.

If Taumalolo put himself on the open market, Johns believes he...


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Thurston back at Cowboys training - NRL.COM

Johnathan Thurston has returned to training for the 2018 pre-season, and the North Queensland Cowboys co-captain is wasting no time getting back into it after so much time out of the game. 

It comes after a season-ending shoulder injury the playmaker sustained in State of Origin II, which forced him to miss the Cowboys' charge to the grand final where they were beaten by the Melbourne Storm. 

"It's nice to be back, that's for sure, I had a busy off-season so it's good to be back around the boys and I've got four weeks of hard work now before Christmas," Thurston said. 

"It's been a busy break, obviously with the shoulder as well I was doing a lot of travelling as well so it's nice now that the shoulder is just about fully healed, I've got full range in it and it's just about getting strength back into it and I can do that… over the next four weeks." 

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Townsville Airport seeing record numbers of passengers - Townsville Bulletin

PASSENGERS are flocking through Townsville Airport in record numbers amid a massive boost in business and leisure travel.

The airport has seen a 7.2 per cent increase in traffic for the four months to October compared with the same period last year.

October saw a 9.6 per cent increase in passenger numbers with almost 150,000 people travelling in or out of Townsville last month.

Townsville Airport chief operating officer Kevin Gill said the figures bode well for the rest of the region’s economy.

“Airport numbers are often a barometer of the performance of the broader economy,” Mr Gill said.

“There is real evidence of green shoots in the Townsville economy that’s driving more business and leisure travellers.”

After a minimal decline of 0.4 per cent in passenger numbers last financial year, numbers have been consistently rising since July, which was the busiest month in the history of...


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North Queensland Cowboys star Michael Morgan gets nod as Kangaroos five-eighth - Wide World of Sports

Michael Morgan insists he can carry his electric NRL form into the Rugby League World Cup opener after getting the nod for the Kangaroos' hotly contested five-eighth spot.

Australia coach Mal Meninga also named Dane Gagai, Wade Graham and Jordan McLean to make their Kangaroos debut against England on Friday.

The trio are part of six changes Meninga made to the team that beat New Zealand 30-12 in the Anzac Test earlier this year.

Veteran Billy Slater returns at fullback, Jake Trbojevic will start in the No.13 jumper, while Josh McGuire has also been named on the bench for the AAMI Park encounter.

Back-up hooker Ben Hunt and the uncapped Reagan Campbell-Gillard, Tom Trbojevic and Felise Kaufusi complete the 21-man squad.

Morgan was considered the front-runner for the pivot role ahead of long-time back-up James Maloney and Melbourne five-eighth Cameron Munster.

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North Queensland Cowboys success benefits regional children - Townsville Bulletin

WHEN the Cowboys made the grand final this year there was a rush for flights to Sydney.

Indigenous children from remote communities will benefit after Townsville Airport’s operators donated a portion of those profits to NRL Cowboys House.

Ex-Cowboy Matt Bowen received a cheque for $10,100 on behalf of the Cowboys Community Foundation from Queensland Airports Limited chief executive officer Chris Mills and Townsville Airport chief operating officer Kevin Gill.

Cowboys chief executive officer Greg Tonner said Cowboys House was a home away from home for boys from remote communities.

Queensland Airports Limited chief executive officer Chris Mills, former Cowboys star Matt Bowen, Townsville Airport chief operating officer Kevin Gill and Cowboys chief executive officer Greg Tonner.

“It’s about providing an education pathway for these kids,” he said.

“We want to help create dreams and...


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North Queensland Cowboys star Michael Morgan gets nod as Kangaroos five-eighth - Wide World of Sports

Michael Morgan insists he can carry his electric NRL form into the Rugby League World Cup opener after getting the nod for the Kangaroos' hotly contested five-eighth spot.

Australia coach Mal Meninga also named Dane Gagai, Wade Graham and Jordan McLean to make their Kangaroos debut against England on Friday.

The trio are part of six changes Meninga made to the team that beat New Zealand 30-12 in the Anzac Test earlier this year.

Veteran Billy Slater returns at fullback, Jake Trbojevic will start in the No.13 jumper, while Josh McGuire has also been named on the bench for the AAMI Park encounter.

Back-up hooker Ben Hunt and the uncapped Reagan Campbell-Gillard, Tom Trbojevic and Felise Kaufusi complete the 21-man squad.

Morgan was considered the front-runner for the pivot role ahead of long-time back-up James Maloney and Melbourne five-eighth Cameron Munster.

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Thurston back at Cowboys training - NRL.COM

Johnathan Thurston has returned to training for the 2018 pre-season, and the North Queensland Cowboys co-captain is wasting no time getting back into it after so much time out of the game. 

It comes after a season-ending shoulder injury the playmaker sustained in State of Origin II, which forced him to miss the Cowboys' charge to the grand final where they were beaten by the Melbourne Storm. 

"It's nice to be back, that's for sure, I had a busy off-season so it's good to be back around the boys and I've got four weeks of hard work now before Christmas," Thurston said. 

"It's been a busy break, obviously with the shoulder as well I was doing a lot of travelling as well so it's nice now that the shoulder is just about fully healed, I've got full range in it and it's just about getting strength back into it and I can do that… over the next four weeks." 

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North Queensland Cowboys success benefits regional children - Townsville Bulletin

WHEN the Cowboys made the grand final this year there was a rush for flights to Sydney.

Indigenous children from remote communities will benefit after Townsville Airport’s operators donated a portion of those profits to NRL Cowboys House.

Ex-Cowboy Matt Bowen received a cheque for $10,100 on behalf of the Cowboys Community Foundation from Queensland Airports Limited chief executive officer Chris Mills and Townsville Airport chief operating officer Kevin Gill.

Cowboys chief executive officer Greg Tonner said Cowboys House was a home away from home for boys from remote communities.

Queensland Airports Limited chief executive officer Chris Mills, former Cowboys star Matt Bowen, Townsville Airport chief operating officer Kevin Gill and Cowboys chief executive officer Greg Tonner.

“It’s about providing an education pathway for these kids,” he said.

“We want to help create dreams and...


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No smoking under 21? Age change backed by Queenslanders - The Queensland Times

Queenslanders back a push to raise the age to buy tobacco from 18 to 21.

Queenslanders back a push to raise the age to buy tobacco from 18 to 21.

MORE than 75 per cent of Queenslanders say they support a push to increase the age of purchase for cigarettes from 18 to 21 as part of a plan to reduce tobacco-related deaths.

Spearheaded by mining billionaire Andrew Forrest and championed by NRL great Johnathan Thurston, the Eliminate Cancer Initiative aims to halt Australia's soaring rate of cancer deaths.

"Right now, half a million Queenslanders smoke every day," Mr Forrest said.

"Half of them will die from their addiction. Imagine if we could have stopped these Queenslanders from smoking until they turned 21, knowing research shows us if we get them to 21 the chances are they will never smoke at all."

The Galaxy polling conducted across four Queensland electorates showed high support for the age law changes, with 75 per cent of people saying they would like...


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Thurston back at Cowboys training - NRL.COM

Johnathan Thurston has returned to training for the 2018 pre-season, and the North Queensland Cowboys co-captain is wasting no time getting back into it after so much time out of the game. 

It comes after a season-ending shoulder injury the playmaker sustained in State of Origin II, which forced him to miss the Cowboys' charge to the grand final where they were beaten by the Melbourne Storm. 

"It's nice to be back, that's for sure, I had a busy off-season so it's good to be back around the boys and I've got four weeks of hard work now before Christmas," Thurston said. 

"It's been a busy break, obviously with the shoulder as well I was doing a lot of travelling as well so it's nice now that the shoulder is just about fully healed, I've got full range in it and it's just about getting strength back into it and I can do that… over the next four weeks." 

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No smoking under 21? Age change backed by Queenslanders - The Queensland Times

Queenslanders back a push to raise the age to buy tobacco from 18 to 21.

Queenslanders back a push to raise the age to buy tobacco from 18 to 21.

MORE than 75 per cent of Queenslanders say they support a push to increase the age of purchase for cigarettes from 18 to 21 as part of a plan to reduce tobacco-related deaths.

Spearheaded by mining billionaire Andrew Forrest and championed by NRL great Johnathan Thurston, the Eliminate Cancer Initiative aims to halt Australia's soaring rate of cancer deaths.

"Right now, half a million Queenslanders smoke every day," Mr Forrest said.

"Half of them will die from their addiction. Imagine if we could have stopped these Queenslanders from smoking until they turned 21, knowing research shows us if we get them to 21 the chances are they will never smoke at all."

The Galaxy polling conducted across four Queensland electorates showed high support for the age law changes, with 75 per cent of people saying they would like...


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North Queensland Cowboys star Michael Morgan gets nod as Kangaroos five-eighth - Wide World of Sports

Michael Morgan insists he can carry his electric NRL form into the Rugby League World Cup opener after getting the nod for the Kangaroos' hotly contested five-eighth spot.

Australia coach Mal Meninga also named Dane Gagai, Wade Graham and Jordan McLean to make their Kangaroos debut against England on Friday.

The trio are part of six changes Meninga made to the team that beat New Zealand 30-12 in the Anzac Test earlier this year.

Veteran Billy Slater returns at fullback, Jake Trbojevic will start in the No.13 jumper, while Josh McGuire has also been named on the bench for the AAMI Park encounter.

Back-up hooker Ben Hunt and the uncapped Reagan Campbell-Gillard, Tom Trbojevic and Felise Kaufusi complete the 21-man squad.

Morgan was considered the front-runner for the pivot role ahead of long-time back-up James Maloney and Melbourne five-eighth Cameron Munster.

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North Queensland Cowboys star Michael Morgan gets nod as Kangaroos five-eighth - Wide World of Sports

Michael Morgan insists he can carry his electric NRL form into the Rugby League World Cup opener after getting the nod for the Kangaroos' hotly contested five-eighth spot.

Australia coach Mal Meninga also named Dane Gagai, Wade Graham and Jordan McLean to make their Kangaroos debut against England on Friday.

The trio are part of six changes Meninga made to the team that beat New Zealand 30-12 in the Anzac Test earlier this year.

Veteran Billy Slater returns at fullback, Jake Trbojevic will start in the No.13 jumper, while Josh McGuire has also been named on the bench for the AAMI Park encounter.

Back-up hooker Ben Hunt and the uncapped Reagan Campbell-Gillard, Tom Trbojevic and Felise Kaufusi complete the 21-man squad.

Morgan was considered the front-runner for the pivot role ahead of long-time back-up James Maloney and Melbourne five-eighth Cameron Munster.

The North Queensland...


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Read more: North Queensland Cowboys star Michael Morgan gets nod as Kangaroos five-eighth - Wide World of...

North Queensland Cowboys star Michael Morgan gets nod as Kangaroos five-eighth - Wide World of Sports

Michael Morgan insists he can carry his electric NRL form into the Rugby League World Cup opener after getting the nod for the Kangaroos' hotly contested five-eighth spot.

Australia coach Mal Meninga also named Dane Gagai, Wade Graham and Jordan McLean to make their Kangaroos debut against England on Friday.

The trio are part of six changes Meninga made to the team that beat New Zealand 30-12 in the Anzac Test earlier this year.

Veteran Billy Slater returns at fullback, Jake Trbojevic will start in the No.13 jumper, while Josh McGuire has also been named on the bench for the AAMI Park encounter.

Back-up hooker Ben Hunt and the uncapped Reagan Campbell-Gillard, Tom Trbojevic and Felise Kaufusi complete the 21-man squad.

Morgan was considered the front-runner for the pivot role ahead of long-time back-up James Maloney and Melbourne five-eighth Cameron Munster.

The North Queensland...


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Read more: North Queensland Cowboys star Michael Morgan gets nod as Kangaroos five-eighth - Wide World of...

North Queensland Cowboys star Michael Morgan gets nod as Kangaroos five-eighth - Wide World of Sports

Michael Morgan insists he can carry his electric NRL form into the Rugby League World Cup opener after getting the nod for the Kangaroos' hotly contested five-eighth spot.

Australia coach Mal Meninga also named Dane Gagai, Wade Graham and Jordan McLean to make their Kangaroos debut against England on Friday.

The trio are part of six changes Meninga made to the team that beat New Zealand 30-12 in the Anzac Test earlier this year.

Veteran Billy Slater returns at fullback, Jake Trbojevic will start in the No.13 jumper, while Josh McGuire has also been named on the bench for the AAMI Park encounter.

Back-up hooker Ben Hunt and the uncapped Reagan Campbell-Gillard, Tom Trbojevic and Felise Kaufusi complete the 21-man squad.

Morgan was considered the front-runner for the pivot role ahead of long-time back-up James Maloney and Melbourne five-eighth Cameron Munster.

The North Queensland...


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North Queensland Cowboys success benefits regional children - Townsville Bulletin

WHEN the Cowboys made the grand final this year there was a rush for flights to Sydney.

Indigenous children from remote communities will benefit after Townsville Airport’s operators donated a portion of those profits to NRL Cowboys House.

Ex-Cowboy Matt Bowen received a cheque for $10,100 on behalf of the Cowboys Community Foundation from Queensland Airports Limited chief executive officer Chris Mills and Townsville Airport chief operating officer Kevin Gill.

Cowboys chief executive officer Greg Tonner said Cowboys House was a home away from home for boys from remote communities.

Queensland Airports Limited chief executive officer Chris Mills, former Cowboys star Matt Bowen, Townsville Airport chief operating officer Kevin Gill and Cowboys chief executive officer Greg Tonner.

“It’s about providing an education pathway for these kids,” he said.

“We want to help create dreams and...


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Read more: North Queensland Cowboys success benefits regional children - Townsville Bulletin

North Queensland Cowboys success benefits regional children - Townsville Bulletin

WHEN the Cowboys made the grand final this year there was a rush for flights to Sydney.

Indigenous children from remote communities will benefit after Townsville Airport’s operators donated a portion of those profits to NRL Cowboys House.

Ex-Cowboy Matt Bowen received a cheque for $10,100 on behalf of the Cowboys Community Foundation from Queensland Airports Limited chief executive officer Chris Mills and Townsville Airport chief operating officer Kevin Gill.

Cowboys chief executive officer Greg Tonner said Cowboys House was a home away from home for boys from remote communities.

Queensland Airports Limited chief executive officer Chris Mills, former Cowboys star Matt Bowen, Townsville Airport chief operating officer Kevin Gill and Cowboys chief executive officer Greg Tonner.

“It’s about providing an education pathway for these kids,” he said.

“We want to help create dreams and...


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